graduation_cap_and_book.jpgFort Lauderdale — The Greater Fort Lauderdale National College Fair sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is coming to Fort Lauderdale.

The fair, which is being hosted by the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling and Broward County Public Schools, will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/

Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

It is free and open to the public.

With the process of applying to and selecting a college becoming more and more competitive and complex, students and parents need all the help and information they can get. Attending a college fair is a good way to gather information about colleges and universities, the organizers say.

 The national college fair program provides resources for students and parents who are attempting to navigate the college-admission process.

It  allows them to meet one-on-one with admission representatives from a wide range of national and international, public and private, two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Participants will learn about admission requirements, financial aid, course offerings, and campus environment, as well as other information on the college selection process.

At the fair’s counseling center, students and parents can discuss their individual needs with college experts.

“The resources and opportunities that the National College Fairs provide for students and their families are invaluable and admission professionals have been delighted by the caliber of students attending our programs,” Greg Ferguson, NACAC director of National College Fairs Programs and Services, said in a statement.

Now in its 39th year, the National College Fair program annually helps more than 500,000 students and families nationwide explore their options for higher education, the statement said. 

Students may register prior to attending the events.  This makes navigating the fair and collecting information from multiple colleges and universities much easier for them.  By registering, they are able to print a bar coded confirmation to be used on-site at the fair as an electronic ID.  They may register online at